A RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL
founded in 1842 by the Soci-
" ety of Friends, operating first
near Picton, Prince Edward County,
later at Pickering, and from 1909
until 1917 at Newmarket when it
was turned over to the Dominion
Government for military hospital
purposes, re-opened as a residential
school for boys in September 1927.
The experience of the past season has
proven the wisdom and foresight of
the men who selected the town of
Newmarket for the school. It is ad-
mirably located, thirty miles north
of Toronto, sufficiently removed
from the large city to avoid the
many distractions, yet easily acces-
sible either by motor car or railway.
The site of the college, just on the
outskirts of the town, makes possible
all the advantages of water supply,
fire protection, good roads and many
The physical surroundings of Picker-
ing College are ideal — 2 50 acres of
rolling farm land, with a beautiful
grove of cedar and a sparkling stream
of crystal clearness. Equipment for
farming, for gardening, for scientific
work, music, etc., are generously sup-
plied. Playing fields, tennis courts,
a covered skating rink, a large new
gymnasium, a craft shop well equip-
ped for woodworking, draughting
and metal working, help to make it
a paradise for boys.
The success achieved since the re-
opening has surpassed the expecta-
tions of the Board of Management.
The dormitories have been well filled
to the extent that it is necessary to
make additional accommodation for
next season. The hopes and desires of
those who are responsible for the col-
lege — that it might fill a real need in
the development of young Canadian
manhood — has been fully realized by
the experience of last season. The
enthusiasm shown by the students,
along lines of endeavour selected by
themselves, proves conclusively that
Pickering College has struck the
right mental and physical attitude
with these boys.
The college is operated for boys of
fourth book standing to those pre-
paring for the honor matriculation
examinations. The work of the
Junior School is so adapted as to pro-
vide the necessary foundation for the
University Entrance examinations.
Work in the language subjects is be-
gun with the Juniors and the French
language is emphasized in order to
develop a real facility in the spoken
use of that language which is the
mother tongue of over two million
It is recognized that it is impossible
for all the pupils to proceed at an
equal rate in all subjects, consequent-
ly valid and reliable tests are given to
every boy to determine the amount
of work that should be carried and
the possible rate of progress. The
work of the school is conducted by
the small group and individual
method. This system provides greater
opportunity for thorough teaching
by the staff, and a full appreciation
and understanding of the work by
Every boy is given opportunity to
pursue during his course, those acti-
vities which have for him a spontan-
eous interest and in which he has
some degree of natural ability. The
activities of the farm, wood working
and metal working shop are so cor-
related with the academic work as to
provide a natural means of expres-
sion for the more abstract ideas of
the class room.
A study of natural tendencies, abili-
ties and aptitudes of the pupils
coupled with an opportunity for
consultation with the representatives
of various occupations, enables the
staff to render effective vocational
In the presentation of all the work of
the school, the aim is to give the boy
a true picture of the inter-relation of
all branches of knowledge and the
inter-dependence of all trades and
professions in a normal society. The
methods of instruction adopted are
designed to develop in the pupils,
qualities of initiative, self-reliance,
resourcefulnes and the ability to
Although the school was founded by
the Society of Friends and its re-
opening was made possible through
the efforts of individual members of
the Society, the activities of the
school are entirely non- sectarian in
character. The staff, however, holds
that an appreciation of the great
truths of the Christian religion is of
the utmost importance to the devel-
oping boy. Each day is begun with
an informal inspirational and devo-
tional period, and on Sunday evening
a chapel service is held when the
students have an opportunity of
hearing religious leaders who are ac-
quainted with boy life. The boys
attend the Sunday morning services
of the church of their choice in New-
market. The older boys have group
discussions on those problems which
are common to adolescent boys.
The character of the members of the
staff is a matter of prime importance
if there is to be a sympathetic and
helpful comradeship between them
and the boys in all the school activi-
ties. To carry into effect the ideals
of the school, the Board of Manage-
ment chose Mr. Joseph McCulley, a
graduate of the College of Education
and of the University College in the
University of Toronto, and of an
honour course in Modern History at
Oxford University. Mr. McCulley
has had a valuable experience in work
with boys. He was for some time a
member of the staff of Toronto Pub-
lic Schools and has carried consider-
able responsibility in summer camps
for boys, both with the Toronto
Y.M.C.A. and the Taylor Statten
Camp in Algonquin Park.
The balance of the teaching staff are
all men with University educations
— men young enough to understand
and appreciate the growing boy's
mental attitude on life and its prob-
lems — but with sufficient experience
of life for their point-of-view to
command the whole-hearted respect
of every member of the School.
Mr. Taylor Statten, known through-
out Canada as a specialist in Boys'
Work, has been appointed to the staff
as Director of Character Education.
To this unique position he brings the
experience of a lifetime in character
development and inspirational work
among boys. He is particularly re-
lated to the departments of religious
education, and vocational guidance,
and is largely responsible for apply-
ing the tested results of modern edu-
cational psychology to the work of
At the beginning of each term every
boy receives a thorough medical ex-
amination, and the resident masters
report daily on the health of the boys
in their charge. Minor ailments re-
ceive the immediate attention of the
college physician on his daily visit to
the school. There is no extra charge
for such ordinary medical attention.
The annual fee is $750.00. This fee
covers all regular tuition expenses,
board and lodging and personal laun-
dry. Instruction in music by special
arrangement is an extra charge. All
text-books and stationery are avail-
able at the school at regular prices.
JOSEPH McCULLEY, B.A., Headmaster
British and Canadian History
TAYLOR STATTEN, Esq.
Director of Character Education
G. N. T. WIDDRINGTON, B.A.
Classics and Ancient History
T. C. SHORE, M.A.
WM. R. McCULLEY, B.A.
Chemistry and Biology
R. E. K. ROURKE, B.A.
Mathematics and Physics
F. ST. L. DALY, B.A.
R. H. PERRY, B.A.
J. A. MAITLAND, Esq.
Director of Manual Arts
MISS F. S. ANCIENT
DR. W. P. FIRTH
Who was Principal of the School from 1892 to 1917 maintains his
association with the College as Principal Emeritus
DR. ALFRED WEBB, Newmarket
DR. J. M. BARTON, Toronto
ALBERT S. ROGERS, President
DAVID P. ROGERS, Vice-President. WILLIAM HARRIS, Secretary.
SAMUEL ROGERS, Treasurer. WM. P. FIRTH, M.A., D.Sc.
WM. PAKENHAM, B.A., LL.D. PROF. A. G. DORLAND, Ph.D.
WALTER D. GREGORY, Esq. ESLI TERRILL, Esq.